Living is full of challenges. Living life with Kidney disease is even harder. I've been living with a transplant kidney for the last 17 years of my life.
I'm 28 years old. My kidneys failed when I was eight years old. At ten, I received a life saving kidney transplant from an organ donor. For the past 17 years, I've been able to live a full and wonderful life because of one persons decision to be an organ donor.
Present day, my kidney transplant is failing. I've put my life on hold to focus on my health. Tests are done, dialysis starts, and the waiting begins. I am always on call in case a deceased donor that is a potential match becomes available. I cannot travel more than 8 hours away, and if I do, I forfeit my active status on the waitlist. This means I cannot travel and visit my family in California and I cannot travel to areas without cell reception. This limits my ability to pursue activities that I cherish (camping, day hikes, overseas travel, etc.). Even if I am within 8 hours of the city, I must always be prepared with my dialysis machine.
Right now there are more than 100,000 people waiting for a life saving kidney transplant. I am one of those people. Living donation will help save countless lives. My goal is to educate people about kidney disease and organ donation and to find a living donor.